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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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new lower hinge?

I have searched and read everything about our hinges, but I do not know if I should go ahead and buy a new lower hinge. My drivers door sags about .5 of an inch. I know that the pins are shot, but I do not know if it is worth to drop 50 bucks on one lower hinge. I would like to buy it in case I need it, but at the same time I do not want a hinge that I will never use.

Does anyone know when you would have to replace the lower hinge just by the sag itself and not by the diameter of the pin hole?


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 03:25 PM
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take it to a body shop, one replaced my lower hinge pin for like 50 bucks, and i let them deal with it, i replaced the drivers side lower hinge myself and that was a royal pain in the a$$

BTW: if the hinge is bad enough, there is also usually play in the upper hinge, so that should be replaced as well, i paid the dealership 180 including parts to do the upper hinge.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2006, 06:58 PM
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I just replaced the pins...

The drag is getting them out; I did mine in the car.

There is a kit at AZ that fits the top; there is(was) a kit from mn12performance that does the bottom.

It has new pins, and new bronze bushings. (as well as a new door striker)

I dremeled the top off the stock pins with a cutoff wheel, and drove them out the bottom. then drilled the holes to match the new bushings, installed the door striker that comes with the kit, and no more sag.

You have to kinda 'line bore' the hinge holes, so they line up, might be easier off the car, but you can do it without removing them. I used a long drill bit to do the holes.

You also have to hold the door in place while you are doing this; a tranny jack with a wood support made to fit the door worked well, and took 10 minutes to rig. If the door falls off the rig, the glass is shot, so be careful!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-20-2006, 01:15 PM
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See for the hinge Kit and: For the How-To.

Hopefully this link will stay active since MN12Performace has closed. They farmed out their inventory/supplier list to and

I recently rebuilt my lower hinge and found a better way than their how-to suggests. It is a good start, however it needs to be improved. I have pictures and more info if anyone's interested.

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